Bari is simply a must for all lovers of Romanesque architecture and orecchiette pasta. Why not take up a private walking tour and step back in time to wander the streets of the beautiful old town? Stumble upon the bustling traditional harbor, marvel at 12th century Swabian architecture and get ready to indulge in a thriving local food scene.
If you pass by Arco Alto and Arco Basso arches, you’ll find local women making and selling Bari’s famous orecchiette – a traditional Apulian pasta. The shape is perfect to collect the fresh sauces that Bari is so well known for.
2. Vesuvius National Park
Embark on a journey between history, and breathtaking landscapes with a hike in Vesuvius National Park. A short distance from Naples, Mount Vesuvius is of course famous for obliterating Pompeii in ancient history.
The crater of this active volcano is a magnet for attracting hikers and adventure seekers from all over the world. Marvel at the many vineyards that cling to the hillsides, and take in the freshly scented air from the citrus groves.
On a clear day the view from Mount Vesuvius is heavenly, and well worth the trek. For the hike itself, you can choose between eleven paths totalling a length of 54 kilometers to stretch your legs. For an experienced walker, it should only take 30 minutes to walk up to the crater of the volcano that’s still active.
3. Sicily E-Bike Tour to Mount Etna
If you want to tick off this bucket list location in style, there is no better way than a unique e-bike tour to Mount Etna. The comfortable ride gives you the perfect taste of what the island of Sicily has to offer.
Locally called “Mongibello”, the majestic Mount Etna is Europe's largest and most active volcano. It’s the perfect adventure playground for those who crave heart-stopping views. With your e-bike you can seek out uncommon paths, such as my favorite from Rifugio Citelli. Pass through torrents of lava stone, glide through pine tree forests, and visit the extraordinary Serracozzo cave.
Conclude your exhilarating day of e-cycling with a visit to one of the local wineries on the Northern slopes of Mount Etna.
4. Valle dei Templi, Agrigento
Sicilly is just full of hidden gems for you to discover. Not least is the incredible Valle dei Templi at Agrigento: Sicily’s most iconic and significant archeological site. It brings together the temples of Gods and Goddesses, as well as the area of the Necropolis. You’ll find these ancient monuments surrounded by an enchanting valley for you to explore, overlooking thepenetrating blues of the Mediterranean sea.
The site is particularly beautiful when the adorning almond trees are in full bloom. Explore the remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hercules, and the starkly beautiful Temple of Juno.
5. Ischia Island, Naples
Known as the ‘Green Island’, the charming Tyrrhenian island of Ischia is the perfect escape from the crowds of Capri. Overflowing with seductive beauty and wander, this volcanic island has plenty of mineral rich thermal waters for you to enjoy. After you’ve soaked up the healing properties of these waters, meander through picturesque villages, and dramatic historical sites.
Don’t miss the acclaimed Mortella Gardens, an acclaimed botanical and landscape masterpiece. If you fancy a musical moment, book a ticket for one of the open-air concerts by the youth orchestra. Sit back and relax with an aperitif, as you listen to your heart's content on these balmy summer evenings.
6. Cilento National Park
This lesser known paradise of jutting coastline combines the verdant beauty of the surrounding hills with the deep blue hues of the sea. Cilento National Park is a world away from the crowds that populate much of the Amalfi coast. Here, you’ll be able to explore quaint traditional fishing villages, sample delicious bites at local food markets, and climb rugged trails in the countryside.
Before you leave, ensure you pay a visit to the incredible Greek temples of Paestum, and the Greco-Roman remains of Velia. Whether you view these heritage sites in the gleaming sun, or in the romantically floodlit sunset, you’ll be lost for words.